Spiritual Filling

“Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,” (Ephesians 5:18-19) The Believer has only to ask to be filled with the Spirit. “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!” (Luke 11:13) Nevertheless, there were Believers who had never heard of the Holy Spirit. “While Apollos was at Corinth, Paul took the road through the interior and arrived at Ephesus. There he found some disciples and asked them, “Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you believed?” They answered, “No, we have not even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” (Acts 19:1-2) There are teachers today who do not teach about the Holy Spirit, but teach about the Messiah, Yeshua, (Jesus’ Hebrew name). They may mention the Holy Spirit as a member of the God Head or quote the scripture, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19) However, they reject much of the clear meaning of scripture regarding the work of the indwelling Holy Spirit, because they believe the first century church had a measure of Holy Spirit manifestation that is inapplicable today. They teach this because they were taught and believed it themselves. There is a synonymous situation in scripture regarding two opposing factions among the Jewish leaders. “Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and the others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My brothers, I am a Pharisee, descended from Pharisees. I stand on trial because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided. (The Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, and that there are neither angels nor spirits, but the Pharisees believe all these things.)” (Acts 23:6-8) How could the Sadducees deny all the scriptures detailing angels and the Spiritual realm? How can entire chapters of New Testament scripture be deemed inapplicable and mute? What we know is arguing is worthless. The Bible clearly says it is by faith that we receive anything from God and He alone is the judge. 

More than once in scripture people were found who had no understanding of the Holy Spirit and in each case the disciples explained the scriptures regarding the Spirit’s filling, laid hands on the Believers and prayed they would receive the Holy Spirit and they did in a convincing manor. If, you haven’t been taught about the Holy Spirit, you only need to read the Bible and believe what you read, as the Holy Spirit leads us into all truth. “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.” (John 14:26) “But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come.” (John 16:13) 

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Retired Journeyman
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